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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: The Study of Dietary Intakes of Adults and the Elderly and Related Survey Food and Beverage Databases

Location: Food Surveys Research Group

Project Number: 8040-53000-018-08-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 15, 2013
End Date: Sep 15, 2018

To study and monitor the dietary intakes of adults and the elderly and investigate the relationship of dietary intakes on health. The study will investigate the role of food and beverages consumed by adults and the elderly in human health, primarily related to chronic disease outcomes such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity and to dietary recommendations, such as the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The study will also involve investigation of marketplace changes of foods and beverages consumed by these population subgroups, including but not limited to fortification practices, nutrient composition, and portion sizes, and incorporating such changes into the USDA’s Automated Multiple-Pass Method (AMPM) and Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies (FNDDS). The Cooperator has expertise in human nutrition research of adults and the elderly and dietary patterns associated with chronic disease of this population subgroup.

Dietary intake data of adults and the elderly from What We Eat in America, NHANES will be analyzed to understand the foods and beverages consumed and the dietary patterns of this population subgroup. Prominent foods and beverages consumed will be identified and will be analyzed for nutrient content, fortification, and most likely source, such as if home-prepared or if from a restaurant establishment. Evaluation and assessment will be conducted on these foods and beverages to assure that questions in the AMPM and nutrients and characterizations of the items in FNDDS are current and reflect today’s marketplace. Updates to the AMPM and FNDDS will be conducted as appropriate. Additionally, research results, as appropriate, will be reported in Dietary Data Briefs as prescribed by the Food Surveys Research Group, ARS, or in the scientific literature.

Last Modified: 09/23/2017
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